An ex-paratrooper, who came face to the face with the SAS and saw active service all over the world, is preparing to face one of his toughest challenges.
Cliff Hands, who served for 12 years with the First Battalion Parachute Regiment, is in training for the Tough Mudder obstacle course that is said to be the ultimate test of stamina, strength and skill.
Cliff is hoping he will be among the 78% of applicants who complete the course, which will see him tackle obstacles involving mud, fire, ice water and 10,000 volts of electricity!
The course has been designed by the Special Forces and involves tackling underground caves filled with mud and scaling 12ft high walls!
Cliff, who lives in the Brunshaw area of Burnley and w as a HGV driver, said: “I served everywhere, from Oman to Iraq and also helping the SAS in Sierra Leone but this challenge will be one of the toughest ones I have ever faced.’’
Cliff has spent months in training to get back to the fitness level he had as a soldier before he left in 2004 and his inspiration is the Afghanistan Trust which supports soldiers and their families who served with the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan.
The Tough Mudder challenge takes place on Saturday, September 7th, at Broughton Hall Estate near Skipton. Cliff will be cheered on by his wife Cheryl and their children Ashleigh (8) and five-year-old Thomas. To sponsor Cliff log onto www.virginmoneygiving.com/cliffhands.